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Sheriff’s officers report to Lincoln-Way schools after threatening phone call

Will County Sheriff’s personnel were dispatched to all four high schools of Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210 Monday as a precaution after a threatening 911 call referenced Lincoln-Way Central in New Lenox, according to school officials.

District Spokeswoman Stacy Holland said the call was received by the Will County Sheriff’s Department before school started Monday.

“They came out to the school, and they determined everything was safe and everything was fine and that the threat was unsubstantiated,” Holland said.

She did not elaborate on what type of threat was made and a sheriff’s office spokesman was not immediately available for comment. A similar threatening call was made to 911 last month in which the caller also referenced the high school. Based on the voice of the caller, officials believe the same person is responsible for both calls, as well as other calls about unrelated matters, Holland said.

The sheriff’s department posted extra personnel at all four high schools today and are investigating the calls along with other area law enforcement agencies, she said.

Parents were notified about the call through the district’s automated calling system Monday. A statement is also posted on the district’s website. The district’s high schools are located in New Lenox and Frankfort, and also serve students from Tinley Park, Mokena and Manhattan.

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